Backyard Poultry Biosecurity

With concerns are around HPAI and poultry rising, especially as we approach fair season, good biosecurity practices are very important! Learn about health risk and biosecurity practices specific to poultry projects with Dr. Tim McDermott! Youth and adults are welcome to join us on April 5th from 5:30-7:00pm on Zoom (Zoom link and details below).

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NEW for 2022: Poultry Resource

The time has come! Our office has put together a poultry resource handbook for all poultry projects. It is a combination of published articles found on the Ohio 4-H website to serve as a guide in basic anatomy, disease management, nutrition, and showmanship skills. It will be available to purchase through a club book order or at the Extension office. It comes in a 3-ring binder due to its size and will cost $12.

Winners Circle

Karen Johnson, Cargill/Nutrena Retail Account Representative, mobile: 716-450-0995,

Is offering this FREE ON LINE SEMINAR to get ready for SHOW SEASON! The seminar will also be discussing breeding beef, pigs and goats.

WHEN- Tuesday, February 15th,  7:00-8:30 p.m. ET

Please RSVP using the QR code in the invitation or click on the link below.

Everyone who attends will receive a nice care package from Nutrena after the seminar!

How to be the BEST

BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) is a youth program of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions.

The BEST program is coordinated by a committee that is appointed by the OCA board of directors. BEST provides an environment for friendly competition and success while serving as an opportunity to create the next generation of leaders by educating juniors on beef industry issues, promoting family membership and participation in the OCA and rewarding the successful accomplishments and hard work of Ohio’s young cattlemen. Additional areas of opportunity are offered through BEST with Junior Representative positions, scholarships and a photography competition for participants to showcase their talent.


The BEST program includes the Stockmanship Division to allow exhibitors with or without cattle to showcase their talent outside of the ring by expanding their knowledge of cattle and the industry. This division is sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The Stockmanship contests for this year are as follows:

  • Prepared Speaking, Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown – Saturday, Jan. 8
  • Salesmanship, The Weekend Spectacular – Saturday, Jan. 22
  • Cattlemen’s Challenge Competition (OCA’s version of a skill-a-thon), Clark County Cattle Battle – Saturday, Jan. 29
  • Fitting Contest, DTS Cupid Classic – Friday, Feb. 11
  • Judging Contest, Ohio Beef Expo – Friday, March 18

All of this information and much more is also available on our website at WWW.OHIOCATTLE.ORG/BEST.

Ractopamine Swine Exhibitors

We know it seems like forever ago, but there is still a concern about Ractopamine products in the show swine industry. However, we have the materials you need to be prepared for this year’s fair. Located on our county website are several documents that help explain what Ractopamine is, how to provide good nutrition practices, and two forms that declare non-use of the products containing Ractopamine.

One form is for the producer to complete (who you purchased your hogs from). The other form is for the parent or guardian to complete upon arrival to fair. If you raised your own hogs, you just need to complete the parent or guardian form. All materials can be found at this link: under Swine Materials.

If you have any questions, please contact the OSU Extension office at 740-962-4854.

All About Birds

Looking for Poultry Resources?

Check out the Ohio 4-H website:

Visit Franklin County Blog for a video on Backyard Poultry Production:

Also, there is a Top Ten Backyard Poultry Diseases Free Class on Tuesday March 16th @ 7pm. Be sure to register for this fun and unique opportunity to talk to a veterinarian about poultry diseases: